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  Oklahoma State junior safety Kolby Harvell-Peel was one of 90 players named to the preseason watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the nation's best defensive player in college football. Harvell-Peel was a first-team All-Big 12 selection after finishing the season with 71 tackles, five interceptions, 13 pass breakups and a quarterback sack. His 1.5 passes defended per game ranked fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision. He set a school record for pass breakups with six against Iowa State. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#1 SS) Jr/2022 SS Kolby Harvell-PeelOklahoma State
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  07/06/20 - Landon WolfrSr/2021, Oklahoma State, 5-11, 174 (DS#197 WR) + More +

  Chuba Hubbard was set for his first public interview since his famous tweet last month. But he first had his own questions. Oklahoma State's superstar running back phoned a teammate. Should he even appear on ESPN's "First Take" to discuss his near boycott of coach Mike Gundy and the resulting changes? What should Hubbard say? Landon Wolf calmed his friend. Wolf told Hubbard to be prepared with a plan and warned of the perils of soundbites. But Wolf also had another message. Make sure to use the platform to empower other Black student-athletes and students across the nation. "If he made it just about us (players), I think we would have missed the point entirely," Wolf said.

These days, Wolf is delivering a clear message. As protests against racial injustice continue across the country, OSU's redshirt senior has become more than just a former walk-on and reliable receiver. Wolf is a growing voice of change on campus and around the state. He's met with campus leaders and police leaders looking to make a difference. Wolf's goal is to bridge a gap and to make sure a line of communication is open. He wants OSU, which had only a staggering 4% Black population in the spring, to be a better place for minorities. - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#197 WR) rSr/2021 WR Landon WolfOklahoma State
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  07/03/20 - Chuba HubbardrJr/2022, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 207 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Mike Holder says he was unaware the disconnect between OSU's football coach and OSU's football players had grown so wide. And I believe the Cowboy athletic director. Holder is hands off. He coached an elite team, OSU golf, for more than three decades and didn't like meddling athletic directors. So Holder wasn't going to be one. "I trust all of our coaches to do their job," Holder said Friday. "I've got a job to do of my own, and really micromanaging any of our coaches doesn't fit into my job description. So I trust them to do their job. And their No.1 responsibility is to nurture their players, develop a relationship with them, make a difference in their life, and as I said earlier, send them out into the world and make a difference for society." Holder admits that philosophy failed OSU, when Gundy's lack of relationships with his players turned into a forest fire that has scarred the Cowboy football brand. But that hands-off philosophy isn't likely to change. "I'm probably not going to change going forward," Holder said, "because at my age, it's pretty hard to teach this old dog new tricks. I'm pretty set in my ways." Oh, the irony. Because with OSU keeping Gundy, via a reduced contract and humbled persona, Holder is counting on an old dog to learn new tricks. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#1 RB) rJr/2022 RB Chuba HubbardOklahoma State
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  07/02/20 - Chuba HubbardrJr/2022, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 207 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy's job is safe. University president Burns Hargis and Cowboys athletic director Mike Holder both announced Thursday night that Gundy will remain the head football coach following a 17-day internal investigation. They determined Gundy's issue was distance from his players - not racism. "Our internal review found that Coach Gundy needs to invest more time in building stronger relationships with his student-athletes," Holder said in a statement. "However, our review has uncovered no signs or indication of racism.

"After meeting with Coach Gundy, I am confident that he listened to his student-athletes. I believe he is genuine in his commitment to strengthening relationships with his players. I believe this to be a win for everyone. I'm looking forward to seeing the impact this will have on our team." The ruling brings to end a turbulent spring for Gundy, who has coached the Cowboys since 2005. He opened April with an hour-long teleconference in which he supported One America News Network, a far-right, pro-Donald Trump cable news network rated by Media Bias/Fact Check as being "not a credible news source." - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#1 RB) rJr/2022 RB Chuba HubbardOklahoma State
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  06/18/20 - Chuba HubbardrJr/2022, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 207 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Oklahoma State star running back Chuba Hubbard said Thursday morning that his relationship with coach Mike Gundy is "a work in progress." Making an appearance on ESPN's "First Take," Hubbard spoke candidly about the past week, his relationship before and after with Gundy and his reaction to the One America News Network T-shirt Gundy wore in a photograph. "Me and Coach Gundy's relationship is a work in progress," Hubbard said. "He's admitted to his faults, and he's trying to move forward. I see that as a positive first step." Hubbard said even before Gundy's shirt that their relationship was a work in progress. And Hubbard is still holding Gundy accountable.

"Every relationship has bumpy roads, whether it's a good relationship or bad relationship," Hubbard said. "Coach Gundy has done a lot of good things, so I will not just shut out a man for one thing he did, but he did do wrong and he's going to have to make up for that." Hubbard said Monday that he would no longer participate in OSU activities after he saw Gundy's shirt on Twitter. Several current and former players supported Hubbard. That evening, Hubbard and Gundy filmed a video together with Hubbard apologizing for not going to Gundy personally. Gundy did not apologize, but said there would be changes. - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#1 RB) rJr/2022 RB Chuba HubbardOklahoma State
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  06/18/20 - Chuba HubbardrJr/2022, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 207 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  The sordid saga surrounding Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy has oozed its way into an unfortunate corner of Colorado football history. Gundy, outspoken even in quiet times, came under fire this week after a photo surfaced from a fishing trip last week in which he was donning a T-shirt for One American News, the far-right cable channel that attempts to legitimize wild conspiracy theories and once dismissed the Black Lives Matter agenda as a farce. Gundy has since offered two different apology videos after OSU star running back Chuba Hubbard led an online player revolt attempting to hold Gundy accountable for his views. While Gundy attempts to reconcile with his players, scrutiny over his past actions has unearthed charges made by former Colorado star Alfred Williams that Gundy, then OSU's quarterback, called him the N-word multiple times during a 1989 game between the Buffaloes and Cowboys.

A story on Nov. 12, 1989 in the Daily Oklahoman - one day after a 41-17 CU victory at OSU - reported Williams' postgame comments, with several of his fellow Buffs defenders backing up Williams' story. That report also features quotes from former CU linebacker Kanavis McGhee saying Gundy also directed racial epitaphs toward him. On Wednesday, Williams, now a radio host with CU's broadcast partners at KOA 850, was interviewed anew by the Oklahoman and said that was the only time during a football career that included nine seasons in the NFL in which racial slurs were hurled at him on the field. - Daily Camera


(DS#1 RB) rJr/2022 RB Chuba HubbardOklahoma State
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  06/16/20 - Chuba HubbardrJr/2022, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 207 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  The college football world was set ablaze when Oklahoma State senior running back Chuba Hubbard - one of the nation's top players - threatened to sit out over Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy's apparent appreciation for the far-right TV network One America News. Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard says he won't associate himself with the school after head coach Mike Gundy wore far-right cable network's shirt: In a statement on Monday, Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder responded, "This afternoon has been very disturbing, The tweets from the current and former players are of grave concern."

Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis also released a statement. "I hear and respect the concerns expressed by our Black student-athletes," Hargis said. "This is a time for unity of our purpose to confront racial inequities and injustice. We will not tolerate insensitive behavior by anyone at Oklahoma State." In other words, it seems like applied pressure by current and former players is winning. - Burnt Orange Nation


(DS#1 RB) rJr/2022 RB Chuba HubbardOklahoma State
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  Linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez is the second known Oklahoma State football player to test positive for COVID-19. Rodriguez, a Wagoner native, announced on Sunday that he had tested positive after returning to campus earlier this month. He said on his Twitter page that he is asymptomatic. Rodriguez is the second OSU linebacker to announce a positive test, joining Amen Ogbongbemiga. OSU football players began returning on June 1, with testing for all players, coaches and staff members two weeks ahead of voluntary workouts. Cowboys senior associate athletic director Kevin Klintworth tweeted that the university tested more than 150 people that day, "with 3 asymptomatic positives. All by (student-athletes). Positives were expected and the plan for that scenario has been activated. We will be as forthcoming as possible on the covid issues." It's unclear if Rodriguez is one of those three positive tests, but he's stressing caution. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#12 SS) Sr/2021 SS Malcolm RodriguezOklahoma State
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  06/15/20 - Chuba HubbardrJr/2022, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 207 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and superstar running back Chuba Hubbard ended the new video with a hug Monday night. But hours before, the two were on opposite sides. Monday was a wild day that started with Gundy wearing a shirt of far-right, pro-Trump cable news network One America News in a photo posted on social media. That led to Hubbard saying he would no longer participate in Cowboys activities until changes were made, drawing national attention and support from current and former players. By nightfall, the two appeared to make up. In a video posted to Hubbard's Twitter account, Gundy said he met with players and was ready to make changes. "In light of today's tweet with the T-shirt I was wearing, I met with some players and realized it's a very sensitive issue with what's going on in today's society," Gundy said standing next to Hubbard. "We had a great meeting and made aware of some things players feel like that can make our organization and our culture even better than it is here at Oklahoma State.

Hubbard then apologized for his tweet, saying he should have gone to Gundy in person. "I'll start off by first saying I went about it the wrong way by tweeting," Hubbard said. "I'm not someone that has to tweet something to make change. I should've went to him as a man. I'm all about action. That was bad on my part. "From now on, we're going to focus on bringing change, and that's the most important thing." - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#1 RB) rJr/2022 RB Chuba HubbardOklahoma State
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  06/11/20 - Chuba HubbardrJr/2022, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 207 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  The Walter Camp Football Foundation, an all-volunteer organization and caretaker of the nation's oldest college football All-America team, has announced its 2020 Preseason All-American teams, presented by Marcum LLP, a national accounting and advisory services firm with offices in major business markets across the United States. Fourteen players who earned Walter Camp All-American recognition in 2019 are on the 2020 preseason list. Leading the First Team offensive unit is junior running back Chuba Hubbard (Oklahoma State), who returns to the Cowboys after rushing for 2,094 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2019. Ja'Marr Chase (LSU) is a preseason All-America wide receiver after recording 84 receptions for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns for the national champion Tigers. On the offensive line, left tackle Penei Sewell (Oregon) is a preseason honoree after earning First Team accolades a year ago. - Walter Camp Football Foundation

(DS#1 RB) rJr/2022 RB Chuba HubbardOklahoma State
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  College football was reminded Wednesday that coronavirus persists, and schools will need sound plans for athletes or staff who test positive. Oklahoma is taking a preventative measure. Players and coaches will begin self-quarantinining from home in mid-June, before returning to campus for voluntary workouts July 1. "The majority of our players will be able to quarantine there (from home)," OU coach Lincoln Riley said. "Then we've got some safe ways we can bring them back and preserve the integrity of that quarantine through any travel back here. It's a pretty intensive process, but again I think it's necessary."

Riley disclosed that part of OU's strategy during a scheduled video conference, which took place shortly after Oklahoma State announced that three players who were asymptomatic tested positive for COVID-19 upon return to campus. OSU linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga tweeted Tuesday that he tested positive after attending a protest in Tulsa, where he took precautions against the virus. He later clarified he's unsure where he contracted the virus, but wanted people to be aware of the potential for getting it. - Norman Transcript


(DS#9 ILB) rSr/2021 ILB Amen OgbongbemigaOklahoma State
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  Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga says he tested positive for COVID-19 after he attended a protest in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ogbongbemiga made the announcement in a Twitter post. The 21-year-old Ogbongbemiga says he protected himself during the protest. "Please, if you are going to protest, take care of yourself and stay safe," he wrote. Ogbongbemiga was a second team All-Big 12 selection last season. He finished with 100 tackles and five sacks. - AP College Football

(DS#9 ILB) rSr/2021 ILB Amen OgbongbemigaOklahoma State
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  05/29/20 - Chuba HubbardrJr/2022, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 207 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Oklahoma State is bringing football back as soon as possible. OSU coaches and staff members were tested for COVID-19 on Friday and players are allowed to return to campus Monday to prepare for voluntary workouts on June 15, OSU coach Mike Gundy announced on his Twitter page Friday morning. An OSU official said no coach or players are being forced to return to campus next week. The official also said all players who return will be brought in by groups for testing. They will then be quarantined on campus for two weeks. After the two-week period, players can begin voluntary workouts.

Voluntary workouts are not organized team workouts, but facilities are open and players can use equipment for running, weightlifting, etc. No university staff member can lead a workout, but they can be present only for safety protocols. June 15 is the first date the Big 12 allows voluntary football workouts as part of a phased return to activities, even though the NCAA Division I Council voted to allow voluntary workouts starting Monday. - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#1 RB) rJr/2022 RB Chuba HubbardOklahoma State
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  According to a report by Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports, Oklahoma State quarterback Brendan Costello plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal. Costello redshirted last year in his first year in Stillwater. Listed at 5-foot-11, 194 pounds, Costello hails from San Clemente, California. He had received offers out of high school from Air Force, Army and Georgia, according to 247Sports. Not only was it going to be difficult for Costello to crack the starting lineup at quarterback with redshirt sophomore Spencer Sanders having so much success last year, but working to be the backup might have also been a mighty task for Costello. - Stillwater Press

(DS#999 QB) So/2023 QB Brendan CostelloOklahoma State
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  05/22/20 - Tylan WallaceSr/2021, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 185 (DS#3 WR) + More +

  It's official: Workouts can begin June 15 in the Big 12 Conference. The league's Board of Directors approved a phased-in approach Friday for athletes in all sports to begin "voluntary activities related to sports participation." Football players can begin voluntary workouts at campus athletic facilities on June 15. They'll work with the program's strength and conditioning staff, but not their coaches. Volleyball, soccer and cross-country athletes can start voluntary workouts on July 1. All other Big 12 athletes can return to campus for voluntary sports-related activities on July 15. "This phased approach is intended to permit gradual adoption of best practices for mitigation of COVID-19, as well as ensuring a safe environment and appropriately prepared facilities," the Big 12 said in a statement. - Des Moines Register

(DS#3 WR) Sr/2021 WR Tylan WallaceOklahoma State
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